SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Luke Bugg

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My Superman Celebration shrine. I will return! I even became an honorary member of Metropolis!
My Superman Celebration shrine. I will return! I even became an honorary member of Metropolis!

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed collections! Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you did not know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of Luke Bugg.  Luke’s focus is on the character Superman. I met Luke thanks to his great Instagram account The Geek of Steel. With over 23 thousand followers, I had to get a better look at some of the fantastic Superman items in his collection!

Check out more about Luke and his collection below!

DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

A copy of the pilot episode of Smallville signed by Tom Welling and John Schneider.
A copy of the pilot episode of Smallville signed by Tom Welling and John Schneider.

Luke Bugg: I think one of the first items was a classic Superman T-shirt. I have always been a fan of Superman, he’s alway been in my life in some form or another, but my love for collecting began growing when I started watching in the early 2000’s. Ebay made it very easy for me to start finding bargains and things that I didn’t even know existed. Items like odd hairbrushes from the 70s!

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Luke Bugg:  I don’t have a record collecting a certain amount of items, but everything I own is on display or on rotation! I would say I have about 300 pieces, not including comics or books. I tend to collect items when I see them or they catch my eye. I don’t really go out of my way to add to my collection, but It’s hard to say “No” when I see an item in shop!

DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

Luke Bugg: I have a book filled with Superman art by my “Nieces Of Steel”. It has doodles, colorings, cards and some drawings of me as Superman. To me, those are priceless and cant be replaced.

DCCollectors: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

Luke Bugg:  For me it has to be Action Comics #1. That may never happen as it’s one of the most expensive comics, but for me it is THE comic. One day I would like to be in the same room as one, just so I can say I have seen one! I truly feel that if we didn’t have that comic then the Superhero would be very different if not nonexistent.

DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

Luke Bugg:  Don’t break the bank! You don’t want to finally own something that you have wanted for an age and then feel “buyer’s remorse”.

Find a piece that catches your eye, or something that you have wanted for a while. Also, hunt everywhere. Not just online, but get out to conventions, flea markets and toy fairs. You never know what you are going to find. I like to feel that most of the unique items in my collection found me.

DCCollectors: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something? Something along those lines.

Luke Bugg:  One of my most loved comics, and images of Superman, is Superman #233. It’s an iconic image by Neal Adams, which jumps right off the page. Many years ago, when I first started getting into collecting vintage comics, I visited a local store and found a great copy of this historic comic for just 50p, about 50¢. I grabbed it and double checked the price and then ran to the counter like Charlie holding his golden ticket! Now, it’s not a comic that has a large resale value, but it’s one that I had wanted for so long and I was able to get it for a bargain. That’s what collecting is all about for me. You never know what you are going to find.

Another interesting piece in my collection is a license plate I was able to bring home when I visited the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. I had always wanted to go to this magical place, and this year I ticked it off my bucket list. While I was there I was able to meet Brandon Routh, he was even staying at the same hotel! At my meet and greet with Brandon I was able to shake hands, grab a photo, thank him for all he has done for the Superman brand and he also signed my license plate. It’s a unique item and one that will always give me happy memories of my time in Metropolis.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Luke Bugg!

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